Marketing, media and advertising agencies are different! Not only in what and how they do things but also in their commercial arrangements which affects how they measure and report financially. Take a read and learn what makes agencies different and can improve how they forecast.
It has long been said that cash is king and lack of it which brings a company down. So to forecast using just P&L figures restricts the ability to see the impact of one of the key threats to an organisations ability to hit their targets. We take a look at why so many models fail to pull cash into the plan and what you can do to fix this with a few simple steps.
The latest Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Planning and Analysis Solutions from Gartner is out, and Adaptive Insights shows it is a winner across the board.
There are more ways to plan forecast and budget than ever before. More data, certainly adds to the possibilities, but also how businesses are structured and measure performance has evolved. Services driven by people performance need to be measured, and traditional cost centre budgeting doesn't always fit the structures behind today's organisations. So we took a look at how some of our customers have tackled modelling the most important asset of all - people.
The alternative funding supplier, Greensill Capital, were announced this week as the latest company to achieve the status of Unicorn, that is, a privately owned startup company with a valuation of $1 billion, following an investment of $250 million from General Atlantic.
The CFO Agenda event was held on 9th May and covered a wide range of finance related topics. There was a real buzz, with people getting properly engaged in the sessions.
If you are struggling with Excel fatigue and asking if it's time to move on then this article will help you diagnose if it is the right time to look for an alternative planning, forecasting and budgeting solution?
This blog post will look at what good financial analysis looks like. seasoned finance people know the value of good analysis, but there is so much which gets in the way of being able to do this well, so here are some steps to take to ensure you get the most out of analysis.
Judgment on how the business is performing is based on a whole heap of parameters. sales, operational and specific KPI's rnd financial data, as well as confidence and other less tangible information. Financial decisions, such as securing loans, acquiring new assets, or issuing stocks and bonds, flow from good analysis, so its not surprising that emphasis on this skill is high, and growing.
Speed is of the essence when it comes to decision making. What drives this is good information and processes.
So from start line finish how long does this process of decision making take in your organisation?
Winning a drag race is about engine power and transmitting that into grip on the road, as well as a good driver to steer the course. In the decision making process the power is in the information to drive the decision, transmission is about getting insights and reports out to all the relevant stakeholders and the driver is you, the CFO who steers the course by providing good analysis and insight.
We've all been there; hard pushed for time, a critical business event demands a re-forecast. Meanwhile the egg-timer on screen tells you the mammoth spreadsheet you're trying to open, is going to take another 12 minutes! So here a few things you COULD be doing with your time, instead of sitting waiting for your monster spreadsheet to open, if you moved to cloud planning.
- creating a new scenario
- Updating assumptions
- writing a new report
- reviewing the results